Dubliner David McMurtry's precision engineering firm Renishaw has emerged as a supplier of hi-tech laser altimeters used by drones and is also supplying similar laser-scanning components for use in self-driving cars.
Though mainly associated with hi-tech manufacturing — the firm is known to supply machinery used in the ‘mega-factories' of the giant Chinese and Korean makers of Apple and Samsung smartphones. The company of the Clontarf-born former Concorde engine troubleshooter is also developing other such product lines, including medical robots and industrial 3D printing machines.
The Bristol-headquartered business, in which the 75-year-old car enthusiast owns a 36pc, 900m-plus stake, employs more than 4,300 around the world, some 200 of whom are in Swords, north Dublin.
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